Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Mother's Faith.

Exodus 2:3 "But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile."

Pop quiz question of the day. "What was Moses' mother's name?"....(Can you hear in your head that music from Jeopardy?)...What?! You mean to tell me you don't know Moses' mother's name? Don't bother looking in Exodus 2 to find it. Her name is not mentioned there. And don't bother beating yourself up about it. I didn't know either before I was studying for this sermon and really searched for it.

Her name was Jochebed (Exodus 6:20 & Number 26:59). Isn't that amazing that as iconic of a figure Moses is all around the world, among many religions and the non-religious, his mother nearly goes nameless and largely unknown. But isn't that like many strong mothers. Their work so far reaching, yet so unnoticed. If you really look down to the foundation of many families, most churches, and throughout society, you will see...the Faith of a Mother.

Look at Jochebed's faith. She had the faith to take her son after hiding him for protection from the decree of Pharaoh to kill all the baby boys born to Hebrew women (read the full story Exodus 1-2). Then in a desparate effort to save him, she put her son in a basket and her faith in the Lord, and sent him down the Nile River. She had no idea what awaited him down that river, but she knew...God did. That's the faith of a mother.

And of course, God worked it all out. While she was lying in bed crying over her son, God was redirecting the alligators, calming the waters, and controlling the weather. Then He prompted Moses' sister Miriam to follow him down the river, gave Pharoah's daughter the notion to go down to to bathe at the perfect moment, put compassion in her heart to want to save the baby and a bright idea in her head to get a Hebrew mother to nurse him (Moses own mother none-the-less).

But when Jochebed kneeled at the bank of the river, with her baby in that basket, she didn't know all that would happen. She couldn't see that far down the river, metaphorically speaking. What gave her strength and peace to send her son down the Nile, to watch him slowly drift away from her?...a Mother's Faith.

Try Jesus!

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